Piano at SCE

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Welcome to the SCE Piano Department

If music is a universal language, the piano is the rosetta stone instrument: The repertoire and the possibilities are matched only by the diversity, passion, and talent of our NEC community— faculty and students alike.

At the School of Continuing Education, our student body includes the novice beginner, the avid amateur, and the professionally trained musician — all seeking opportunities for growth and engagement. Prospective students meet one-on-one with the department chair to discuss their individual goals, desires, and musical backgrounds. Placement with the best possible teacher is immediate. Our faculty are seasoned and acclaimed artist-instructors, experienced with cultivating students and performers at every level. Private lessons, performance workshops and recitals, masterclasses, and topical seminars, are all available to everyone in the piano department.

Certificate programs are available for those wanting a more intensive and fully-immersive musical education. Course requirements are outlined and advised and can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. Private instruction and performance form the basis of the piano certificate program, fortified by classes in music history and theory, and rounded out with chamber music, collaborative piano, and music technology offerings. (More information available on our website, or please inquire with SCE.)

Join us, share your passion, and find your music.

Aimee Tsuchiya, Chair

A note on online learning:

Whether online or in-person we remain dedicated to your growth as musicians and to keeping our community connected. With online lessons available for both advanced and beginner students as well as group classes and seminars, we hope that you'll join us this year.

Private Lessons

Our studio placement process begins with a one-on-one meeting with our department chair, to discuss each student's individual goals, preferences and musical background. For prospective students with some level of piano experience, a short sample of playing -- whether live or by video submission-- will round out the depth of this placement meeting. A hand-tailored match between student and instructor is crafted and promptly provided.

Certificate Programs

A Certificate of Merit and a Professional Studies Certificate are available in classical piano.


Each semester, we host workshops free of charge for our registered Piano students. For more information, please contact your instructor.

Spring 2022 Piano Workshops:

February 3rd at 6:30pm, JH124
March 3rd at 6:30pm, Keller Room
April 7th, 6:30pm, JH124
April 28th, 6:30pm, JH124